Working with Jimmy Bowskill in all forms of management and bookings. TV and radio interviews/appearances. Session work, soundtracks and sideman work.
Jimmy is quite possibly the most talented and diversified players on the Roots and Blues scene, mastering a number of instruments from electric to acoustic guitars, mandolin, fiddle, pedal steel and stand up bass and he has perfect pitch powerful vocals.
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Jimmy Bowskill Bio
Jimmy Bowskill started playing guitar at age 10. When he was 11 years old he was discovered by Jeff Healey. Jimmy was busking out front of Jeff‘s place when his band members Alec Fraser (bass player for Healey, Wilcox and producer for Electro-Fi Records) and Jerome Godboo (Canada‘s journeyman Blues Harp Player) told Jeff you gotta get this kid on stage. That was the beginning of Jim‘s professional career. Alec went on to produce Jim‘s next two releases which took the Blues world by storm. Nobody could believe an 11 year old kid could sing and play the Blues with such power and conviction.
Among the fans of Jimmy‘s first releases was Muddy Waters‘ drummer and Blues legend Willie “Big Eyes“ Smith. I was speaking with Willie at a Blues festival when I told him I worked with Jim. His reply was “Man, I still listen to that tribute to Robert Johnson album. I put it on just the other day, it‘s great man“. Another one of Jim’s fans was Blues Legend Hubert Sumlin, Howlin’ Wolf’s guitarist. After listening to Jim’s second release “Soap Bars and Dog Ears” Hubert said “He (Jim) is the real deal. That kids got it”. By the time he was 21, Jim had 5 critically acclaimed releases under his belt.
Germany and Europe have always done well for The Jimmy Bowskill Band, his power Blues/Rock trio, consistently selling out theatres and venues. Requests come in on a daily basis for Jim to return to Europe.
Jim now plays a number of instruments at a highly skilled professional level including electric and acoustic guitars, mandolin (he now has a world class Bluegrass band together called “The Beauts”), pedal steel, violin and viola and stand up gut string bass. Studebaker John (Chicago journeyman Blues Guitarist who learned from Hound Dog Taylor and was picked up by the reforming Yardbirds as their guitarist in the 90‘s) hired Jim last minute to play Stand Up Bass at a festival when his bassist could not make the gig. Jim came in cold, no rehearsal or warning and nailed the gig, it was an incredible thing to see. Afterwards John said “man, that kid may be a Blues guitarist and singer/songwriter, but damn man, he is a bass player!”
On top of all this, Jimmy has perfect pitch powerful vocals. I have never seen him use a tuner to tune any of his instruments. His powerful vocals alone could award Jim a strong career, but he just happens to be one of the best (if not the best) multi instrumentalists on the Roots and Blues scenes today (when he opened for Dr. John, he did an amazing solo piano set). He has the kind of talent that can make one jealous, but he is such a humble person that you are left feeling that he has just shared this incredible gift with you, no ego, just a drive to play music non stop and share it with as many people as he can.
When it all comes down to it, with the number of different bands and projects that he is involved with, from his straight ahead Blues Band “The Barnburners” to his world class Bluegrass Band “The Beauts”, to his incredible solo show which features a number of different instruments, to his Rockabilly Band The Lohrwoods, it is his Power Blues/Rock Trio that has given him the most success and keeps people and Jim himself returning for more and more.
Opened and shared the stage with...
Jeff Beck, Dickie Betts (Allman Brothers), Joe Bonamassa, Bruce Cockburn, Robert Cray, Deep Purple, Colin Linden, Colin James, Paul Rodgers (Free, Bad Company), Jimmie Vaughan, Johnny Winter, Wishbone Ash, ZZ Top and the list goes on and on. He has played Canada’s Montreal Jazz Fest and Mont Tremblant Blues Fest to record breaking crowds.
There is a famous story about an open jam session at the Southside Shuffle, one of Canada’s biggest Blues Festivals. Willie “Big Eyes” Smith was hanging out with Bob Stroger-Bass player and singer/songwriter for Otish Rush, Jimmy Rogers etc. Being fans of Jimmy, they grabbed him up and proceeded to take over the jam session for the next two hours. It was one of the highlights of the festival. Jim was 15 at the time.
Television, Radio and Print interviews and appearances of note:
Jim has been interviewed dozens of times over the years, made several TV appearances and has many articles written about him. He has appeared on Breakfast Televison, Zed TV, was featured on CBC’s “Sounds Like Canada” with Shelagh Rogers and toured with Stuart McClean’s famous “Vinyl Café”.
More recently Jim was featured in “Healey’s Hideaway”, a televised documentary on Jeff Healey’s famous venue in Toronto. He was also interviewed for the televised event of Jeff’s induction into Canada’s “Walk of Fame” and played Healey's guitar parts for a medley to celebrate Jeff at the Walk of Fame ceremony.
Jim was featured on the Television series “Guitar Picks” interviewed here by Kim Mitchell. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hi079HVlvxI
Guitar Player Magazine (The most respected magazine of it’s kind in the world) did an article on “Four New Electric Players of Note” and of course, Jim was one of them. Read the article at…http://www.guitarplayer.com/miscellaneous/1139/four-new-electric-players-of-note/22699
Quotes and Press:
Canada’s Youngest Juno Nominee ever. Jim has won a number of Blues Awards, Music Awards and Maple Blues Awards.
"I played with him at this big festival in Canada called 'Nakusp.' He's got a great feel. He reminds me of Paul Kossoff [Free], who we sadly lost all those years ago. He's almost the spitting image of him which is incredible."…Paul Rodgers, leader of Free, Bad Company, singer for Queen and The Paul Rodgers Band
“Great Guitar playing with a lot of feeling and expression in all styles from ZZ Top inspired Blues/ Rock to Peter Green, his country “finger pickin” or Power Rock.”…Guitar Magazine
“He plays in the top league with Peter Green, Stevie Ray Vaughan or Jeff Healey”…Breakout Magazine, Germany“
The potential for big success is existing and Blues/Rock is in need for flesh blood”…Slam Magazine, Germany
“Bowskill has developed into one of this country's most versatile roots and blues musicians. Not only is he a gifted guitar player, but he is equally as comfortable on the mandolin and fiddle (as well as other instruments, I don't let him near the piano!). Did I mention he sings like a bird as well? What a talent!”…Lance Anderson, Juno Award Winning producer, keyboardist and associate of Oscar Peterson.
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